Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co.

Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co.Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
65.5%
Liked Their Beers
3.75 w/ 58 ratings
Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co.Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

3416 Adams Ave.
San Diego, California, 92116
United States

(619) 555-1234 | map
blindladyalehouse.com

Notes:
Automatic Brewing Co. is a nano-brewery of sorts brewing in the back of Blind Lady Ale House. http://automaticbrewingco.com

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2009

BEER STATS
Beers:
32
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
58
Liked:
38
Average:
3.75/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
90.7%
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
75
Liked:
68
Avg:
4.17/5
pDev:
8.87%
 
 
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 49
Reviews by botham:
Photo of botham
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Blind Lady is a solid beer bar. dark wood and worn-in metal make up the basic aesthetics, along the line of an old warehouse. the place works off of a storefront strategy with the kitchen and bar at the back end and various seating out front. a supergraphic for Hamm's is on the left wall, placed over a wooden plank surface. the other walls were somewhat bare, with hand-written menus around the bar and kitchen and some random signage around as well. the bar itself doesn't have much seating at it, it is just used to order.

the quality and selection are great. though the focus is on pales and IPAs mostly, a couple malt gems do exist. beers are served in the proper glassware, clean, with very fresh taps (at least the four types that this BA had were fresh).

service was informative, knowledgeable, and excited about craft beer. the local beer scene seems to be an interest for the bar staff.

food was available, mainly pizza and some appetier-esque options.

overall this is a good place to enjoy a brew, although one can see it getting crazy on the weekend, due to the open nature of the design and the somwhat cramped layout of seating. the beers are fresh, the barkeeps are easy to talk to, and the overall mellow aura was excellent. cheers!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Generally excellent selection of beers with a good variety of southern California brews. Often some oddities, barrel aged, and wild brews. Prices mostly reflect what you would expect for the rarities. Nothing is a deal but you'll find something new. Usually a couple of the Automatic Brewing products, which are also interesting in an unpredictable variety of styles.

The room is wide and crammed with tiny tables and some of the usual picnic benches. Place is very loud and it's always packed in the evenings, even on drizzly winter nights. So afternoon is best if you're looking for thoughtful beer tasting. Families, young couples, and beer tourers are the usual crowd. I have found the food to be interesting but small portions and expensive. Most people seem to have pizza and burgers so maybe that's why.

One of San Diego's classic places if you like the crowded pizza joint style. Parking is simply impossible during prime evenings so bus or bike are happy alternatives.

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Photo of mrcraft
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Blind Lady is located in the Normal Heights area in San Diego, across the street from another craft beer establishment. This place has been here a while from my understanding. The atmosphere is nice. They had skateboards attached to the walls everywhere, looked like bunch of vintage ones. Very cool.

You order your food and beer up front after you enter. The service was fine. I grabbed my glass of BLAH Berliner Weisse. It was a solid beer.

Next time, I'll try to get some food here. Looked good.

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Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of RLM15
2.98/5  rDev -28.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Overrated and overpriced. There are so many better options in San Diego. I can't stand a place that charges $8 for local pints. Go to monkey paw, hamiltons, toronado or small bar instead.

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Photo of Devman171
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of BillRoth
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Had BLAH on my short list for next time I was in SD to see my son. Was pleasantly surprised to find it more of a hole in the wall throw back to the 70's...even saw my old early 70's beer cans on the wall. Don't get me wrong it was fairly big inside, communal tables, fun, friendly and everyone was having a great time. Good music pumping...and food and beer were solid top flight. Guess I had a misimpression from some web based photos that made it look at bit more hipster. Not the case!
Went back next day during Adams Ave street fair...and place was hopelessly packed. Definite crowd fav.
It had plenty to make it a winner. Won't replace Hamilton's for me, but don't think that's their goal. Just a great beer and food place that is also a great place to just have fun for a few hours.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
3.96/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of EdrickCS
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of JohnCassillo
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of aquazr1
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of DoubleJ
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

It took me six years, but I made it! After a long anticipation, the Blind Lady Ale House received its long overdue visit from me. I parked between Blind Lady and Beer & Vine, so the walk was quick in either direction. After a bottle buying spree at two bottle shops, what better way to recover than a nice lunch and homemade beers?

Walk inside and you'll swear that 1973 hadn't left the place. An oddball phone booth (with no working phone) off to one side. A large mural of a Hamm's advert (and the Hamm's bear to go with it) at the other end. At the back end was a long display of old, stacked beer cans. It's a large place with plenty of available seating, especially during the lunch hour.

Order at the bar and go for food and drink. The beer and food menu are legible from the counter. I was excited to count 26 taps, although 7 were homemade beers of Automatic Brewing. There was a working cask too, plus a handful of canned beers. Pouring from draft were Craftsman, Firestone Sucaba, Echte Kriek, Logsdon, Figueroa Mountain and Chimay. Of the house beers, all seven were listed as an anniversary ale, although they did come in different styles (Belgian blonde, brown ale, IPA, etc). Pours were healthy, glassware went beyond the standard shaker pint, and prices were fair.

A few things disappointed me. I was hoping to have some mussels and fries for lunch, but they were out of mussels. I struck out on one beer too, as the 6th Anniversary Brown was tapped out and only available on cask. The two anniversary house beers were pleasant enough, though neither rocked my socks off.

Blind Lady is a pleasant place for beer, but wouldn't jump onto my "must visit" list. Seeing it listed as a Top 100 beer bar in the world according to one competition made me wonder if it would place in my personal Top 100 list of establishments I've visited.

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Photo of Ucsbrandon
4.63/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Great pizza, great beer and very family friendly. Can get a bit crowded at nights and parking in the surrounding neighborhood can be a hassle, better to ride your bike if that's an option.

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Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I moved away from San Diego in 2012, and this is the place I miss most. Aside from their consistent great beer lists, the food (specifically pizza and charcuterie plate) is fantastic. Service at the bar sometimes got a little surly, but in general nothing to complain about. Can't wait to go back some day!

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Photo of LADaveBN
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of double2chin
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of SAEmick
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Drink_LocalSD
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Kalenm
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of fito1212
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of ThePaleRider
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of sharkboy
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

A different kind of place than I'm used to.
It kind of has the feel of a German beer hall. You walk to the front counter, where the beer menu is listed, order food/beer, and have a seat at community style tables. You may be forced to interact with others (gasp!).
The food menu isn't very large, mainly focusing on snackage and pizza. The quality is nothing to baulk at though! The Breakfast pizza is a stand out.
The selection isn't as large as some places like Hamilton's and only focuses on taps and no bottles. Not to say they don't have a few gems always rotating, including the occasional cask!
Overall it's a fun little place ideal for stopping in for a weekday dinner or to begin a pub crawl.

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Photo of EJosesA
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA
Brewery rating: 65.5% out of 100 with 58 ratings
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